Gluten-Free Ham and Peas Pasta

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A family friendly Gluten-Free Ham and Peas Pasta dish for easy weeknight dinner. In this comforting dish, the pasta is made with a simple cream sauce, ham, green peas and parmesan cheese.

This ham and peas pasta is one of those comforting meals that many of us grew up with. The pasta is made simply using only a few ingredients, is budget-friendly and satisfying. This Italian dish is for one of those nights when you want comfort food, but have very little time to prepare it. And who doesn’t love pasta? Especially when there is ham or bacon involved.

When I was growing up, ham and peas pasta was one of my favourite meals. There is something about cream, ham and peas mixed with freshly cooked pasta. The best part, this is one of those meals that kids also love.

What is pancetta?

To make this gluten-free ham and peas pasta dish, I used pancetta. Pancetta is an Italian version of bacon. It is cured and not smoked and very flavourful. But don’t worry, if you don’t have pancetta. Leftover ham or thickly sliced bacon works just as well in this pasta recipe.

To balance the flavours of pancetta, cream and peas, I added a pinch of nutmeg and fresh lemon juice. Both the fresh lemon juice and nutmeg make the sauce very tasty. For the finish, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. This pasta dish does not need too much cheese because the saltiness from the pancetta or ham with the sauce adds plenty of flavours.

What I love about this gluten-free ham and peas pasta recipe, is the simplicity. You can have a wholesome meal on the table in 30 minutes from start to finish. And, you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry. I often add a light green salad or steamed veggies. But this pasta meal is hearty enough without it.

So for those busy nights or just too tired to cook nights, skip the take-out and whip up this super easy pasta meal.

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Ingredients

  • 10 oz. gluten-free pasta (short pasta or spaghetti)
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups GF diced ham or pancetta
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peas
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp. GF nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup GF chicken stock or pasta water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
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    Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in salted water according to package instructions, then drain saving 1 cup of pasta water
  • While the pasta is cooking, using a large pan heat the butter over medium heat. Add the ham or pancetta and cook until the ham starts to brown or if using pancetta until it starts to crisp
  • Stir in peas, cream and nutmeg and cook until the cream starts to thicken. About 3 minutes
  • Stir in pasta, chicken stock/pasta water and lemon juice. Cook until the sauce starts to bubble.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in parmesan cheese
  • Note; if the sauce is too thick add a splash of cream, chicken stock or pasta water


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